Protesters are planning to stage a series of demonstrations to disrupt Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first visit to the UK. The Hindu-nationalist leader will arrive in London on 12 November for a three-day trip.
Modi, who said he aims to foster economic and security ties with India's former colonial ruler during his stay, is to follow a tight schedule. He will be received by his British counterpart, David Cameron, at 10 Downing Street before moving to a news conference at the Foreign Office, followed by an address to the House of Commons.
There, he is likely to meet the first of several protests, held by British Indians angered at what they say is his government's nationalist and divisive agenda. One of the main groups behind the demonstration, the secular Awaaz Network, said it expects a "diverse and colourful" crowd made of thousands of people to attend.
"There will be people from Hindu groups, Muslim groups Dalits, who have been victims of many attacks [in India], women groups and anti-racism groups," said Suresh Grover, one of the organisers.
The Awaaz Network was also behind a protest stunt on 8 November that saw the words "Modi not welcome" and an image of the Indian prime minister wielding a sword in front of a swastika projected on to the Houses of Parliament.
The swastika, the OM sign in Hinduism, indicated Modi's alleged use of religious symbols for authoritarian ends, the group explained. "I think it sent a clear message that a large part of the Indian community here rejects the politics of hate and intolerance, wherever it takes place," Grover said.
Other demonstrations are expected to follow Modi during his official visit. After leaving the House of Commons, the Indian prime minister will head for the Guildhall's Old Library, where he is to address City executives. He will then visit a Jaguar Land Rover factory in Solihull before being Cameron's guest at the PM's country retreat, at Chequers in Buckinghamshire.
On 13 November, Modi will have lunch with the Queen at Buckingham Palace and address a large crowd of members of the Indian diaspora community at Wembley Stadium. Grover said other groups are planning protests at both events and Awaaz Network activists will be out in support.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "There is appropriate policing planning in place and we are in dialogue with various protest groups to facilitate their requests."
On the last day of his trip, Modi will unveil a statue of 12th-century philosopher Basaveshwara and inaugurate a museum dedicated to Indian statesman Babasaheb Ambedkar, one of the authors of the country's constitution. The museum is hosted in the building where Ambedkar lived during his time in London. On 14 November, Modi will fly out of London to Turkey.